Jill Furmanovsky

Jill Furmanovsky (born 1953) is a British photographer who has specialised in documenting rock musicians.

Jill Furmanovsky
Born1953 (age 68–69)
Alma materCentral Saint Martins
Known forPhotography
Photograph of Charlie Watts

Life and workEdit

Born in Southern Rhodesia, Furmanovsky emigrated with her parents and brother Michael to London in 1965. She studied textile and graphic design at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design from 1972 to 1974. In 1972, she became the official photographer at the Rainbow Theatre, a significant venue for rock performances in the 1970s.[1]

Furmanovsky has photographed many major rock musicians, including Bob Dylan, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Mike Oldfield, The Ramones, Bob Marley, Amy Winehouse, Eric Clapton, Blondie, The Police, The Clash, The Undertones, The Sex Pistols, The Pretenders and Oasis. Her book: The Moment – 25 Years of Rock Photography was published in 1995. An exhibition of Oasis photographs: Was There Then toured the UK and Ireland in 1997. The exhibition was followed by publication of the book: Was There Then – A Photographic Journey with Oasis.[2]

Furmanovsky has received several awards for her music photography--including 'The Jane Bown Observer Portrait Award' for her portrait of Charlie Watts in 1992.[1] Following in the lead of the photographic co-operative Magnum Photos. Furmanovsky established a website--rockarchive.com in 1998. Its aim was to make her work and those of her photographic colleagues more accessible to fans and collectors. To launch the project she selected 30 classic black and white images of major rock artists from her 30-year archive to make into an edition of 30 darkroom prints.[1][3]


  • The Moment: 25 Years of Rock Photography, 1995, London, Paper Tiger, ISBN 978-1850281498
  • Was There Then Oasis. A Photographic Journey, 1997, London, Ebury Press, ISBN 978-0091863180


  1. ^ a b c Watts, Halina (14 May 2015). "Photographer who snapped icons Oasis, Bob Dylan and Amy Winehouse opens up her archive". Daily Mirror. Retrieved 5 May 2016.
  2. ^ Was, There, Then: Oasis Photo Tour, Ebury Press, 1997, ISBN 978-0091863180
  3. ^ "Rock Archive, About Us". rockarchive.com. Retrieved 5 May 2016.

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